Shampoo/Hair care – Toss-up
Africa Studio/Shutterstock Opulent shampoos might feel like you’re watching your money go down the drain (literally), so we don’t blame you if you want to find a good drugstore option. However, if you’ve spent a small fortune coloring your hair, it might be wise to invest in a stylist-recommended hair-care product that ensures your locks keeps its color and texture. Whether you end up opting for high or low end, just make sure to do enough research to confirm it doesn’t contain any parabens and sulfates. “Go for the good stuff and the safe stuff when it comes to hair care. Be wary of the word natural as it doesn’t always mean what it says. Performance is also important. When we shampoo, we are letting this product run down our body’s largest organ, and it covers most our skin’s surface so this is my splurge,” says Corrie Gallant of The Beauty Barn Spa. “One tip is to look for the word “fragrances” on the ingredients list if it’s there avoid it as it may refer to hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals. Hair-care manufacturers are not required to divulge the contents of their scents.” This is how to get gorgeous hair without expensive products.
Perfume/Fragrances – Splurge
NIKITA TV/Shutterstock Cheap perfumes are often made with harsh chemicals that can give you (and your neighbor) a hefty headache. Keep your scents delicate and subtle; while having a signature scent is great, you don’t want to give off the impression that you bathe in the stuff. Only spritz to your pulse points such as behind your ear, on your wrists, inside your elbow, and behind your knee. The whole “spray-and-walk-through-it” is not only ineffective, but can easily get you a mouthful of alcohol. According to Ashli Carnicelli, makeup artist and esthetician at Bella Santé Spa, “There is nothing better to finish off your outfit and your makeup than a gorgeous scent. It makes you feel luxurious and put together and can even lift your mood. Skip the drugstore brands and pay for the good stuff. Drugstore brand perfumes are typically filled with synthetics and alcohol, so not only are they more likely to give you and others around a headache, they don’t last. Eau du parfum is the best option for a long-lasting olfactory impression.” Here’s what your perfume says about your personality.
Nail polish – Save
279photo Studio/Shutterstock Although those enticing ads for the latest Deborah Lippmann nail polish collection are tempting, your nail polish shouldn’t cost more than your dinner. As gorgeous as those colors are, nail polish will always chip quickly, and it’s more worthwhile to purchase a great top coat if you’re changing your polish every few days. “Spending more money on nail varnish doesn’t necessarily mean it will last longer, or that it will be a better color,” says Murat Evin, Creative Director at The London School of Make-Up. “Some of the best nail varnish I have seen has come from very reasonable and modest brands which are available at great prices. My advice with this product, is to just buy the exact shade and color you want for the best price you can find.”